We Love Our Women


Image: 2017 April General Conference, view from inside the LDS Conference Center

A 2015 Time article (citing a ARIS Study) shows for every 100 male members there are 150 female members (in the state of Utah) of the LDS church:[footnote]What Two Religions Tell Us About The Modern Dating Crisis, 2015 – Time[/footnote]

One of my web searches turned up a study from Trinity College’s American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) on the demographics of Mormons. According to the ARIS study, there are now 150 Mormon women for every 100 Mormon men in the state of Utah—a 50 percent oversupply of women. On a lark, I emailed my friend Cynthia Bowman,* a devout Mormon who grew up in Salt Lake City and returns there often, and asked her whether Mormon sex ratios are as lopsided as the ARIS study claimed.

Here is a summation of the April 2017 LDS General Conference addresses – https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04?lang=eng

Interesting to note that a woman wasn’t allowed to pray in General Conference till the Spring of 2013. [footnote]First prayer by woman offered at Mormon conference (video) – Salt Lake Tribune[/footnote]


Crash Course:
April 2017 LDS General Conference – LDS.org
Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women  – LDS Gospel Topic Essay
Psychologist’s Response to Women and Priesthood essay – Mormon Transitions
How the temple is sexist (and the church is, too) – Young Mormon Feminist
First prayer by woman offered at Mormon conference (video) – Salt Lake Tribune